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Zinsky’s Deli in Dallas is Closing

The rumors mills are churning with the news that Zinsky’s Deli is about to close their doors. Makes perfect sense to me, we just took a lovely photograph of their lox and bagels for our October issue and shipped it to the printers! D Magazine cover story (Best Breakfasts) jinx continues. Anywhoo, here is what peeps are saying:

A friend had food catered into his office today from Zinsky’s.
The guy who brought it in told him, “We’re closing the deli, no later than
Monday. We might still do catering, though.” My source promptly phoned the restaurant, where someone answered and said yes, we’re open today, but probably not for much longer.

I got the same reply on the phone and have left an email and phone message for owner Liz Baron. Why can’t Dallas keep any sort of deli alive? Especially it the neighborhood of  Preston Royal.

UPDATE: From owner Liz Baron:  “Yes, sadly it’s true.”

  • Nancy Nichols

    Yes Roaster’s opened (and closed) before Zinsky’s. I liked Roaster’s. I liked some things about Zinsky’s. I think one of the issues people had with Zinsky’s is that is was always kind of a deli-light that would roll out into a multi-unit operation. The quality when they opened was good–with the exception of sandwich size, which frankly I liked. Who the hell can eat those ginormous sandwiches. In the end, the blintzes were delivered from Ben E. Keith and Coca Cola replaced by Pepsi, a cost-cutting giveaway.

  • Tightwads….

    Only morons serve Pepsi instead of Coke in the south. Roaster’s was very good. Too bad they didn’t make it.

  • Nancy Nichols

    Pepsi is cheaper and i agree with you.

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  • LJT

    Whenever a server asks me “Is Pepsi okay?” I want to say “Sure, if it’s okay with you if I pay with Monopoly money”. It’s one of the dumbest questions of all time.

  • laurie

    I think everyone has a different definition of a “real” NY deli. For some, it’s the lox/fish. For some it’s the bagels. Others have to have a certain style of sandwich or have homemade matzah ball soup. Maybe it’s too much to ask of a restaurant in Dallas, even in a neighborhood with a lot of Jews. Deli News may actually have a better location because most of the New York transplants (excluding ultra-religious Jews) from the last 30 years live north of LBJ. North Dallas/Preston Hollow has the old guard– people who have never lived in NY. There are plenty of exceptions, including many of us on this blog, but there aren’t enough of us to sustain a deli down south.

    Most people in Dallas like places that “proudly serve Boar’s Head,” not that there’s anything wrong with that.

  • brendalooo

    Just so everybody knows… Zinsky’s Catering is alive & well, just won’t be operating from the cafe anymore! For those looking for great deli delivery service for parties & offices…

  • Frenchy

    If they’re catering food is anything like their deli food, fugettaboutit!

  • Fred

    Zinsky’s had a fundamental problem. Jim and Liz Baron don’t pay their bills. I wonder how many people got left holding the bag this time? The Barons operated On the Border pre Brinker,and “conceived” of and still operate “Blue Mesa”, best known for its Sunday Brunch pigouts, a quick way to dump food that has sat unsold all week. Stilffed vendors, unpaid Payroll Taxes, and Tax Liens, are the true legacy of the Barons, self proclaimed “Restaranteurs”, who are in reality low rent bad news.

  • Fred

    All this debate about Deli Philosophy is silly and a waste of time. This town can handily support a good deli. Zinsky’s was crap from top to bottom operated by cheesy deadbeats.
    What goes around comes around. Good Riddance.

  • Twinwillow

    Ditto, Fred.

  • Unlisted

    What the neighborhood could really use is a genuine KOSHER deli. More and more Torah-observant Jews are living in that part of town and would support it. (Although I’m sure Preston Royal/Henry S. Miller rents are quite high!) Many non-Kosher deli’s that call themselves “Jewish,” even though they serve food that blatantly violates Jewish dietary laws, continue to fold, such as Gilbert’s in Preston Forest and Bagelstein’s…and now this one, Zinsky’s.

  • bitter

    My mom and I were heartbroken this morning when we drove up to Zinsky’s and the place was cleared out. The restaurant had such a great atmosphere and the food was very well priced and delicious, contrary to several reviews. We will miss matzo ball soup come winter, and long for their scrambled eggs with matzo paired with a bagel and homemade cream cheese. It is very difficult to find a good breakfast place in Dallas with food that is not dripping with grease–but Zinsky’s had solved the problem perfectly. Additionally, the wait staff were always quick and eager to help us. Needless to say, we will miss Zinsky’s terribly.

  • TheInternetCookingPrincess

    Zinksy’s was becoming a weekend mainstay for me, and I’m more than put out by its closing. I grew up at Gilbert’s, Cindi’s, and Deli News and felt guilty about my disloyalty when Zinksy’s came around – but, only for a split second. Why? Because Dallas deserves (1) a deli that doesn’t serve overly-greased omelettes with canned veggies and (2) authetic New York bagels. (Zinksy’s could indeed make the latter claim. They had their dough shipped from H&H Bagels and then boiled/baked them in-house.)

    In defense of their seemingly overpriced sandwiches, each one consisted of two servings. You split the sandwich with a friend – and bada bing – you only have to pony up $6! And if you aren’t the sharing type, I think you have to understand that a place like this in Dallas is going to come at a premium – especially given the attention they put into the small things. (You better believe Cindi’s ain’t making their own mayonnaise and pickles in house.)

    Also worth the premium was the staff. These people paid attention to their customers in a way I have only seen at places like Bob’s or Cafe Pacific, where the “regulars” have a lot more money to spend. I can’t tell you how many times I saw an older couple or gentleman come in to be immediately greeted: “Hey Barney, you want the usual?” Even better, the waiters let each person take their time. I saw people order nothing more than oatmeal and coffee, and the waiters let them linger to their hearts’ content. In an era of “mass feedings”, I found that to be very refreshing.

    I always wondered if it would all be sustainable, and sadly here we are. I can only hope they can find a way to make it work again.